This is Dora the explorer. I have a more rights than all you teens because I have no parents and look at me, I hang with a monkey and a talking map swinging across the jungle looking for lost boots and mittens. Take my freedom away and I will get an education and a job
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Adult responsibilities need to begin at 15 Our society doesn't take seriously that teens need a lot of freedom. They can't consent to medical care or refuse medical treatment. They can't sign contracts. They have curfews, not just imposed by their parents, but by cities. A teen can be arrested simply because he's out at 2:00 AM. They only have the right to basic things (food, shelter clothing and education) but everything else is a "privilege," which can be taken from them at any time for any reason, even if they bought it with their own money they made from work, they still have no right to their property. They are even negatively portrayed in the media. People refuse to acknowledge the good teens, but always talk about how selfish they are, how they are disrespectful, etc.
Our society doesn't take seriously that teens need a lot of freedom. They can't consent to medical care or refuse medical treatment. They can't sign contracts. They have curfews, not just imposed by their parents, but by cities. A teen can be arrested simply because he's out at 2:00 AM. They only have the right to basic things (food, shelter clothing and education) but everything else is a "privilege," which can be taken from them at any time for any reason, even if they bought it with their own money they made from work, they still have no right to their property. They are even negatively portrayed in the media. People refuse to acknowledge the good teens, but always talk about how selfish they are, how they are disrespectful, etc.
Now if the curricula was taught right and students were held to higher standards, the average person would be ready for college by 15 or 16. The problem is they spend years recovering the same information. Before the common core, states had lower standards. Even with the common core, the standards are low. Teens are not children and we should stop making them think they are children, because if they think they are children they will act like children, which is why many of them do. Now if they were taken seriously and given and given adult responsibilities, treated with the default presumption they are competent, they will act that way.
The ones who choose how much freedom a teen has are the parents of the teen. If they say that a teen can do whatever they want then let them be. A teen is still a child and must abide by the rules set by their parents, so saying a teen has too much freedom is not right. A teen only has as much freedom as their parents let them have.
We teenagers have less freedom now than an adult living in nazi Germany 70 years ago, a teenagers level of freedom depends completely on their parents, some parents let their children spend more money in one day than most earn in a year, while others don't let them even go to friends' houses. This is less egalitarian than an oligarchy, who your parents are determine what rights you shall possess. Denying rights based on age, even if the average teenager is less competent than the average adult is as bad as denying minority rights, based on a study that shows that minorities commit more crime, even if such a study were accurate, it is unjust due to the fact that it is denying an individual their rights based on a group which they belong to.
Young people today are treated in a similar manner as blacks and women of the past. They have curfews, their opinions are dismissed (no voting or petitioning). They are forced to become insignificant, dependent, and stupid, by being given no say in anything (outside of the very narrow realm of school voting and petitions). They are owned by their parents, who do provide the basic needs, but make everything else a "privilege" because anything they buy, even with their own money they worked for, can be controlled by their parents (i.E. Parents can set rules for a teens use of laptop the teen paid for with their own money) and can take it away at any time for any reason up until the age 18. In some stores they can't buy permanent markers, dry ice, M-rated games, or even hand sanitizer because 6 teens extracted alcohol and drank it. They have no say in their education and are portrayed as drugs and being oversexed similar to how blacks in early broadway were portrayed. And this is all because a couple of morons said, "their brains are not developed" because of a study on a small amount of the population.
The assumption is that if teenagers are unsupervised or allowed to roam all hours of the night are going to get into trouble or drunk/drugs. But having worked with teens I think most of the good folks here would be surprised at how readily and willingly teens live up to our high expectations of them when they're treated with the default assumption that they are smart and capable and given adult freedoms.
Today, teens can't hang out at a parking lot without being harassed. They can't have a few beers without being stopped, they can't smoke without being told to "take it outside" They can't get loud and laugh without being told to "quiet down" Teens today have much less freedom, and with the cell phone they are expected to be "on call" 24/7. It is tough to be a teen today, and even worse, when you get home the fridge is always empty since you live in a two parent family where the mom and dad can't stand each other. Peace-out.
They can't own a business, make healthcare decisions (except reproductive), marry, get a job without a parent's permission and permission from the state based on a medical exam, they can't leave their home without their parent's permission or they will be considered a "runaway" and cops will arrest them, bring them home and put them in juvenile justice and anything they buy, even with their own money, can be taken from them by their parents at any time for any reason. Basically their parents control their lives. Before the industrial revolution people got married and had full adult rights upon puberty and in all mammal species, the animal is an adult upon puberty. Many Americans believe a misinterpreted study that the brain is not fully competent till 25. It's usually fully competent around 12-15.
Every day the average teen wakes up, gets ready for school, and gets on a bus, drives a car, or walks to school. During this time, we usually somewhat slightly emotionally unstable. When we get to school, we enter first period(sometimes late) and give our teachers our best droopy eyed, sleepy headed look. When class ends, we have to force ourselves on to next class where we then attempt to wake ourselves. By third period we're either half way or completely awake. We then proceed to our next class/lunch, where then begin to understand some of the topics our teacher is trying to get us to understand. By the end of the day, all we can do is walk it off with a little nap time in seventh period. Then we run home to a grumpy and completely inconsiderate Mom and Dad who give you the "I don't want to hear it, or see it, or know about, just avoid me and stay in your room" attitude. We then avoid our parents until dinner time, pretending to do homework, while we play videogames on the computer, or game system of choice. While bedtime approaches, your parents attempt to pry you out of your room in order to get you to "socialize" for a bit. Who do think we are? We hang out with people all day long. By the end of the night, were tired, grumpy, slightly insane, and easily explosive. And you ask us whether we have too much freedom? Please. Don't make me lol on my computer. What is freedom anyway? Oh, that's right. No parents. No society. No media. No scientists to make us look stupid and feel stupid when we're not.
From curfews to not being able to vote, teens have been restricted from basic rights as a citizen and as a person. This issue need to be addressed because some girls want to work at starbucks. Why can't they work there? Because certain laws restrict teens of being able to get a job.